Former American Muslim Council Leader Pleads Guilty to Aiding Extremist

July 31, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

On July 31, 2004 The Washington Post reported that, "A Muslim activist whose influence once reached the highest levels of the U.S. government pleaded guilty yesterday to illegally moving cash from Libya and admitted that he was involved in an elaborate Libyan plot to assassinate the Saudi ruler. Abdurahman Alamoudi pocketed nearly $1 million from Libya and used it to pay conspirators in a bizarre scheme to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah that included covert meetings in a London subway station and illegal transfers in Swiss bank accounts, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria in association with his plea. Alamoudi's plea marks the downfall of the one-time head of the American Muslim Council, a highly visible figure who met with top U.S. officials to gain a greater political voice for Muslims in this country. His arrest was derided by friends and associates who portrayed him as a moderate activist, but federal officials say his cooperation now will be crucial to major terrorism investigations."